A summer special and a must-have to keep chilled on standby in your fridge. Crisp and lean. From Domaine de Castelnau, by the legend that is Christophe Muret. Fun trivia fact: “Pique-poule” means lip stinger pecking hens in French.
Citrus zest and minerals on the nose. Exotic fruits coming through, with a full middle palate.
Excellent on its own or with seafood. Also excellent with goats cheese.
About the winemaker:
Christophe Muret was once the biggest exporter of melons in France, but traded this in for his love of wine in the hills where Picpoul de Pinet is made.
His enthusiasm for his vines, which he cultivates on a minimal intervention principle (and is in effect organic), is infectious. His vines are set upon a garrigue filled outcrop of red clay and limestone, with loamy soils, exposed to cooling winds which help to retain freshness in the wines.
Sustainability rating: Making good progress (1*)
Plenty of great sustainable practices, and is in effect organic (but uncertified) - minimal use of sulphites, uses pheromones rather than chemical pesticide and recycles waste water. Still uses mechanical harvesting.
White. 12.5%Vol. 100% Picpoul. Screwtop. 2019 Vintage.